COVID-19 and Adult Learning Australia

Due to the escalation of public health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have put arrangements in place to ensure our staff can work remotely and ensure our service to members and the adult learning community is

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AEGT 2021 Virtual Conference

Announcing Adult Education in Global Times (AEGT 2021) June 3-6, 2021 A virtual conference incorporating AEGT2020         Planning international academic conferences has become very complicated in the midst of a global pandemic that has still not run

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2020

Adult Learners Week celebrates 25 years in Australia. NSW Government launches ACE Policy Statement. Tasmanian Government launches Adult Learning Strategy. Adult Learning Australia celebrates 60 years.

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2019

Victorian Government commits to supporting and strengthening the ACE sector through the Ministerial Statement ‘The Future of Adult Community Education in Victoria’ 2020–25.

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2018

ALA launches the ‘Year of Lifelong Learning’ campaign and summit calling for a national lifelong learning policy.

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2017

Final AJAL editorial by Dr Tony Brown after 5 years. Dr Trace Ollis appointed new AJAL editor.

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2015

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in the UK becomes the National Learning and Work Institute.

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2014

ALA expresses concerns about the widespread marketisation of VET in Australia.

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2012

Amendment to Education and Training Reform Act enables CAE to be governed by the Box Hill Institute Board. Final AJAL editorial by Professor Roger Harris after almost 23 years. Dr Tony Brown appointed new AJAL editor.

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2008

The Ministerial Declaration on Adult Community Education recognises the role of ACE in providing pathways to further education and training for ‘second chance’ learners.

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1998

Australian Journal of Adult and Community Education changes to Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

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1997

UNESCO Hamburg conference acknowledges the value of adult education. Beyond Cinderella: Towards a learning society seeks to bring together national ACE & VET policy

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1995

First Adult Learners’ Week celebrated in Australia (10-16 Sept).

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1993

The National collaborative adult English language and literacy strategy provides a blueprint for governments to work together with industry and the community sector to develop and deliver an integrated national literacy and language strategy.

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1992

First Adult Learners Week celebrated in the UK.

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1991

Come in Cinderella: The emergence of adult and community education Senate Report formally recognises ACE as the fourth sector of education and highlighted features that differentiated it from other sectors i.e. its lifelong learning philosophy and role in giving people

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1990

World Conference on ‘Education for all’ emphasises access to quality basic education for all. Training Reform Agenda aims to increase productivity  through industry reform of the VET system. Mezirow publishes major works on critical, transformative and emancipatory learning. New journal

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1989

Lifelong education revisited discussion paper argues that economic, technological and social changes mean it is essential to involve people of all ages in a continuing process of education & training. First Adult Learners Week celebrated is in the US. Competency-based

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1988

A nation of learners report (Evans) stresses the importance of participation by a wide range of adults not in education, employment or training.

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1985

Johnson & Hinton: ‘Adult and continuing education in Australia’ (1985) highlights the importance of adult education and its contribution to the community, particularly women. AAAE establishes the Network of Women in Australian Adult and Community Education (becoming WAVE in 2001).

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1984

ABS national survey in 1984 identifies 13.6% of adults are involved in programs or courses of adult education. Barrie Brennan, UNE became AJAE Editor.

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